There might be a teaser in here somewhere…

It’s been a very productive and busy week, people.  Lots has happened, lots was done.  I couldn’t be more excited about the response to Trini’s blog over at A Book Lovers Review.  The Q&A with Will and Lake was so much fun to do.  We upped the signed book giveaway from one winner to five, so make sure you go back and enter before the contest ends.

Also, my bff Jamie made this awesome screenshot of both SLAMMED and POINT OF RETREAT on the New York Time’s Bestsellers list for July 29th at #13 and #19.  Honestly, this is so surreal.  Seven months ago, I had never written anything longer than a book report.  Now I have TWO BOOKS in the top 20 of the NEW YORK FREAKING TIMES!  It’s awesome.  So freakin’ awesome.  Thank all of you for getting it there!

And don’t think I forgot about the kindle fire 2 giveaway.  I’m not in a huge hurry to announce the winner since it’s still a few weeks until the kindle fire 2 release.  So go here to enter for a chance to win.  All you have to do is comment!

And finally, my online presence has been scarce this week, but for good reason.  I got a bit more of Will’s Story finished, so now I shall grace you all with a teaser for your patience.  Enjoy it, because there aren’t going to be any more….


March, 2012

“I wouldn’t call it suffering,” I say, thinking back on last night.  “In fact, I’m pretty sure it was worth all the waiting.”  She places her hand between her cheek and the pillow and we turn toward each other.  I run my fingers along her jaw and across her bottom lip.

“Speaking of suffering,” she says.  “You just wait until I see Gavin and Eddie again.  I can’t believe they tried to set you up with someone.”

I pull my hand away from her mouth and rest it on the bed between us.  For some reason, I feel like I can’t touch her when I’m withholding truth.  I break eye contact and roll onto my back.  If she’s going to bring this up to Eddie, I might as well get it all out in the open.  Otherwise, we’ll all suffer.  “Lake?” I say, hesitantly.

As soon as her name comes out of my mouth, she begins to slowly shake her head.   “You didn’t,” she says flatly.

She’s way too perceptive.

I don’t respond. My silence prompts her to jerk up and grab my jaw, forcing me to look at her.  “You went on a DATE?” she says.

I place my hand on her cheek in a reassuring gesture, hoping my touch will sooth the words about to come out of my mouth.  She jerks her face back and sits up on her knees, placing her hands on them as she scowls down at me.  “Are you serious?”

I laugh nervously, attempting to make light of the situation.  “Lake, you know how forceful Eddie can be.  I didn’t want to go.  Besides, it was just one date.”

“Just one date?” she says.  “Are you saying you can’t develop feelings for someone after just one date? ”  She spins around on the bed and stands up, dropping down into the desk chair beside the bed.  She folds her arms across her chest, shaking her head again. “Please tell me you didn’t kiss her,” she says.

I sit up and scoot toward her until I’m sitting on the edge of the bed.  I reach forward and take her hands in mine and look her in the eyes.  “I love you,” I say.  “And I’m here.  With youMarried to you.  Who cares what happened on a date more than two years ago?”

“You KISSED her?” she says, jerking her hands back. She places her foot on the bed between my legs and pushes against it, sending her and the chair several feet away from me.

“She kissed me,” I say.  “And it was…it was so bad,” I laugh.

She folds her arms across her chest and glares at me.

“Okay,” I say, wiping the smirk off my face.  “Not funny.  But seriously, you’re making a big deal out of nothing,” I tell her.  “Besides, you agreed to go out with Nick that same week.  What’s the difference?”

“What’s the difference?” she says, enunciating each word carefully.  “I didn’t go on a date with him.  I didn’t kiss him.  That’s a pretty damn big difference.”

I stand up and walk forward, grabbing the arm of the desk chair.  I sit back down on the bed and pull her to me until she’s flush against my legs.  I place my hands on her cheeks and force her to look at me.  “Layken Cooper, I love you.  I’ve loved you since the second I laid eyes on you and I haven’t stopped loving you for a second since.  The entire time I was out with Taylor, all I was thinking about was you.”

She crinkles up her nose.  “Taylor?  I didn’t need to know her name, Will. Now I’m going to have a distaste for Taylor’s for the rest of my life.”

“Like I have a distaste for Javier’s and Nick’s?” I say.  She grins, but quickly forces the smile away, still trying to punish me with her ineffective scowl.  “You’re so cute when you’re jealous,” I say.  She looks at me, her resolve melting with my words.  I take her face in my hands and gently press my lips to hers.  She sighs a quiet, defeated sigh into my mouth and relents, parting her lips for me.  I run my hands down her arms and to her waist, then pull her out of the chair and on top of me as I lean back onto the bed.

I place one hand on the small of her back, pressing her into me, and my other hand I run through her hair, grabbing the back of her head.  I kiss her hard as I roll her onto her back, proving to her that she has absolutely nothing to be jealous of.  As soon as I’m on top of her, she places her hands on my cheeks and forces my face apart from hers.

“So your lips touched someone else’s lips? After our first kiss?”

I fall back onto the bed beside her.  “Lake, stop it.  Stop thinking about it,” I say.

“I can’t, Will.” She turns to me and makes that damn pouty face she knows I can’t refuse. “I need to know.  In my head all I can picture is you taking some girl out on this perfect date and making her grilled cheese sandwiches and playing “would you rather” with her and sharing seriously intense moments with her, then kissing the hell out of her at the end of the night.”

Her description of our first date causes me to laugh.  I lean over and press my lips to her ear and whisper, “Is that what I did to you?  I kissed the hell out of you?”

She pulls her neck away and shoots me a glare, letting me know she isn’t backing down until she gets her way.  “Fine,” I say, pulling back.  “If I tell you all about it will you promise to let me kiss the hell out of you again?”

“Promise,” she says.

81 thoughts on “There might be a teaser in here somewhere…

  1. I love getting to visit with Will and Lake. I’ve missed them. Just before the new book releases I’m planning a reread weekend with them.

  2. Um. I’m confused. I feel like I know nothing… Is there going to be a continuation of the story? I didn’t know that. And now I want to scream because that means I have to wait for more Will! But damn, he’s worth the wait. Thanks for sharing! <3

  3. If you thought Lake and Will couldn’t be any cuter you were WRONG. I love them together and I can’t wait until this is finished. Colleen, is there any idea concerning the release date? Yes, no, maybe so?

  4. Congrats on both books being in the New York Times top 20!
    I cannot wait to read more about Lake and Will. This tease was such a tease!

  5. I read Slammed in all its awesome glory last week! Can’t wait to read Point of Retreat! Congratulations for becoming a NYT Bestselling Author!!

  6. Ahhhhh! I love it! You have no idea how badly I want to read this book! Can’t wait for the release…Love me some Will :)

  7. Oh my goodness!!!


    Thanks for the Teaser Colleen. I am sooooooo butterflying excited for Book 3. Can’t wait to get my hands on it. <3 :)

  8. This is an awesome freaking butterflying teaser! I can’t wait any longer. I sleep, and I eat, and take a bath, and everything, and my mind is on Will and Lake, and how am I going to write the review of Point of Retreat. This is so bad. LOL. But a nice kind of bad. :)

  9. What an fabulous teaser! Congrats on both books being on the NYT bestseller list. SO well deserved and can’t wait to read this next one. Hurry up!!

  10. I’m with Lake. I hate that Will went on a date with Taylor and kissed her!! He’s not allowed to do that!! He’s got some ‘spaining to do! :p I can’t wait!!

  11. So… it sad that I am 39 and love these books? I am afraid I am living in the world of twenty-somethings!!

    1. Oh, Jenny. I’m 51 and cried like a baby, screamed like a 20 year old, and felt like an 18 year old because I felt everything Lake felt.

  12. Oh Colleen!, that was was awesome! Thank you thank you… And don’t be so surprised at all of the outcome, you’ve truly inspired us all and you’re AMAZiNG!!!

  13. Loved BOTH books & the wonderful characters. They just keep getting better & better. Can we get a third book in the series with Eddie & Gavin? I’d really like to see more of their relationship & how they handle becoming new parents. Of course with the rest of the neighbors (Lake, Will & the boys, Kiersten & her mom Sherry) as well. Then maybe a forth or fifth book the boys & their love life’s. Basically, I just can’t leave these characters forever….so help a sister out. Hopefully I’m not the only one who feels this way.

  14. This was a tease!!! And an awesome one at that…LOVE will and lake’s story and am so glad we will get a 3rd installment. You rock Colleen!!!

  15. Oops, I messed up on my ordering of the series LOL. Of course, this next book from Wills POV is already the third. I guess I’ll let Ms. Hoover number & decide who is in this series. As long a she understands, we all need more books about these friends/neighbors.

    1. I’m there with you, Jamie. I would love to see spin-offs about the neighbors and friends! Did you get that Colleen? Pretty pretty please with an Avett on top?!

      1. Hell Yeah! That’s what I’m talking about! SEE Kathy, I feel like we’ve made a huge difference in making the world a better place today. I guess we should also thank the Avett Brothers or whichever Avett got to be on top, LOL….although, I’m sure, no thanks were necessary (they were likely fighting over the opportunity). Of course, ALL Colleen has to do now is write ALL of these books….no biggie!

  16. I downloaded “Slammed” to my e-reader cuz it was “cheap”. I was soooo invested in Will and Layken I immediately downloaded “Point of Retreat” after finishing “Slammed”. I read the entire book in a single day!! I’ve NEVER EVER done that. Now I’m anxiously awaiting the next book. It’s so butterflying hard to be patient!!

  17. I LOVE Slammed and POR. I’ve never laughed and cried so much with a book. Colleen you are AMAZEBALLS! Thank you, thank you, thank you. Any chance we’ll be informed when book 3 is ready?

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